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Obama Delays Health Care Site for Small Businesses

It's the third time promised portal has been pushed back

(Newser) - The long-promised small-business portal at will be launching in November—November 2014, that is. The Obama administration had promised that the site, which was originally slated to open back in October, would launch by the end of this month, but Health and Human Services officials today confirmed for... More »

Romney on Obama Quote: That Was No Gaffe

President's 'you didn't build that' comment is his ideology, says Republican

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is apparently looking to turn a President Obama comment from last week—"If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen"—into a campaign theme. Romney says the comment, which the Republican candidate has focused on for three straight... More »

Occupiers to Black Friday Shoppers: Go Local

Movement backs mom-and-pop businesses over big-box stores

(Newser) - Occupy protesters have a Black Friday message: If you’re going to shop, hit up mom-and-pop stores, not big-box chains. Taking action across the country, protesters are voicing support for small businesses and opposition to shopping binges, the AP reports. In Washington, Occupiers are setting up a “really, really... More »

Occupy Side Effect: 21 Cafe Workers Lose Jobs

Protests damaging small business, Milk Street Cafe owner says

(Newser) - Is Occupy Wall Street inadvertently hurting the little guy? That’s what Marc Epstein, owner of Wall Street’s Milk Street Cafe, claims. Thanks to the protests—and the resulting police barricades that line Wall Street, which he says somewhat hide his eatery and make it difficult for people to... More »

Confessions of a 'Job Creator'

Dana Milbank admits his corporation employs no one

(Newser) - Dana Milbank is a job creator. Oh sure, “I have never knowingly created a job,” he writes in the Washington Post . “But I am a job creator in the sense that Republicans mean when they say ‘don’t tax our job creators more.’” Republicans... More »

Hackers Take Aim at Small Businesses

Cyberthieves find them to be tempting targets: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - It’s not just Sony and Citigroup that face a hacking threat: Small businesses are becoming an increasingly popular target, reports the Wall Street Journal . Of 761 data breaches investigated in 2010, 63% were against firms with 100 or fewer workers. Some 95% of the credit card breaches Visa has... More »

38% of Small Companies Would Die Without Mobile Apps

...say small companies, which employ two to 50 workers

(Newser) - It may sound a little dramatic, but 38% of small business say they "could not survive" or would have a very tough time surviving without mobile apps, according to an AT&T survey. Of 2,246 small businesses polled, a full 72% said that they used mobile apps in... More »

AOL Co-Founder to Head 'Startup America'

Steve Case to lead White House's pro-entrepreneurship campaign

(Newser) - President Obama's entrepreneurship campaign is getting a helping hand from the tech industry. AOL co-founder Steve Case will lead the "Startup America Partnership," a drive to increase investments in startups and small businesses, Bloomberg reports. The initiative already has the backing of a number of tech giants: Intel... More »

Obama Rips Senate GOP for 'Filibustering Our Recovery'

Pushes hard for jobless benefits, small-business tax breaks

(Newser) - President Obama is slamming Senate Republicans who "filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress" in his weekly address today, accusing them of making their stand at the expense of the unemployed "after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit." Lawmakers have... More »

BP Boycotts Hurt the Little Guy

Protests primarily affect small business owners

(Newser) - BP could be the most hated company in America right now, and popular anger is taking the form of boycotts against its gas stations all over the country. But BP stations are individually owned, so protests really just hurt the small-business owners who had the bad luck to sign up... More »

Small-Biz Owners Offer Obama Brilliant Ideas

Jarrett was looking for ideas on jobs, found whole bunch of crazy

(Newser) - Valerie Jarrett might be questioning the wisdom of "ask and you shall receive" after the Obama adviser asked small businesses on LinkedIn what steps they think "government should take to help American businesses spur job creation." What she got, the Business Insider reports, is "a long... More »

Reid Promises Vote on Jobs Bill Next Week

But so far, not one Republican senator is on board

(Newser) - Harry Reid plans to bring the first of several Democratic bills aimed at creating jobs to the Senate floor on Monday, with the goal of passing the measure by the end of next week. “For Senate Democrats, creating jobs is job number one,” the majority leader said. “... More »

Obama Budget Winners and Losers

Education, R&D are up, oil and gas companies down

(Newser) - The 2011 fiscal budget says much about the state of the country—and the state of the president. "Like any politician, he’s focused on rewarding friends and not enemies," write Eamon Javers and James Hohmann for Politico . A look at this year's winners and losers: Winners
  • Education:
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Obama's Suddenly a Centrist

Shifting president must be worried about independents

(Newser) - President Obama must be worried about independents and moderates, because he’s made a dramatic shift to the center in recent days. In an economics speech Tuesday, Obama lavished praise on small businesses, promising tax cuts as incentives to grow. “This is how Republicans, moderates and centrists think, and... More »

Twitter Creator Unveils Phone Credit Card Reader

Dubbed 'Square,' the device will be free

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey gave the public its first look at “Square” today, a free credit card reader that will plug into the headphone jack on your phone. Small business owners will be able to plug the 1-inch device into their phone, swipe their customer’s cards, and have... More »

Goldman Pumps $500M Into Small Businesses

Blankfein apologizes— but not for the $16B payout to employees

(Newser) - In a move that definitely has nothing to do with spiraling public hostility, Goldman Sachs has announced a $500 million small-business assistance program. Headed by an advisory panel that includes Warren Buffett and Lloyd Blankfein (he who works for God ), the so-called “10,000 Small Businesses” program will... More »

Swine Flu Highlights Debate Over Paid Sick Leave

Half of US doesn't get sick pay; businesses defend policy

(Newser) - The second coming of swine flu has reignited the debate over paid sick leave. “You have all of our top officials saying, ‘Do the responsible thing. If you're sick, stay home,’” an advocate tells CNNMoney. “And at the same time, we have a country where... More »

Obama: Health Bill Will Help Small Businesses

(Newser) - President Obama sought to win over small-business owners in his push for health care reform today, Politico reports. The president, whose planned overhaul has come under fire from the US Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations, cited a White House study showing that small businesses pay much more per... More »

Bailouts May Be Offered to Small Businesses

TARP funds, meant to save banks, could be used to save jobs

(Newser) - The Obama administration is working on a plan that would take money from the TARP—the $700 billion fund intended to rescue banks—and lend it to small businesses, the Washington Post reports. The money would come with few restrictions, and the government would pick up as much as 90%... More »

No Recovery In Sight for Small Business

(Newser) - Wall Street and Washington financial gurus may be seeing “green shoots” of economic recovery, but small businesses are still stuck in the mud, Kevin Kelly writes in Newsweek. Kelly, the CEO of a bag manufacturing company, says too many colleagues' businesses are losing sales, laying off workers, or shutting... More »

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